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Le Havre Reviews

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June 26, 2014
Le Havre is a charming and heartfelt comedy about parenthood, responsibility, and friendship.
June 1, 2014
Pas été capable de le terminer. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
June 1, 2014
Aki Kaurismaki gets all my stars, not sure why. The plotting is simplistic, the photography is OK-ish, and the acting is fine I guess. But somehow it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. His stories are always whimsical and his main characters always come from the heart. They are from the margins of society, and the action is often set in a port town. In this case the situation of the illegal immigrant takes centre stage, as it should and so rarely does. Great movie.
½ May 12, 2014
Stylish, a touch offbeat at times and with plenty of charm to the storyline, this is a delightful tale of the kindness of human nature.
½ April 27, 2014
A contemporary story in an old-fashioned setting.
April 11, 2014
A beautifully filmed but minimalist fable from the Finnish auteur Kaurismaki. Who knew a political film about illegal migration could be so overwhelmingly charming? A rare film that makes biting commentary on the injustice of migration but also presents a positive vision of humanity dealing with it in a fairy tale manner.
April 5, 2014
Simple story, well and gently told in Kaurismäki's characteristic style.
½ March 31, 2014
Fotografía fantástica. Actores inexpresivos, para contar un cuento. Diferente, realista y absurdo. Repito, qué fotografía. Es un Almodovar de subidón.
February 24, 2014
Another typically charming and almost effortless Kaurismäki film that reminded me slightly of Wes Anderson in a way stylistically. The film is a sequel of sorts to the earlier 'La Vie de Boheme' and it's a treat to return to the characters and universe described there - I think I could watch a film based on the quirky exploits of Marcel Marx and his crew for eternity. This is cinema that cheers you up and has you rooting for the underdog from the first frame - Kaurismaki is not talked about too much these days it seems to me which is a real shame as he is one of the most enjoyable directors working today and this film is business as usual - very good in other words.
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
January 10, 2014
The bad news: Kaurismäki is no longer the irreverent, refreshing and absurdist Finnish auteur we knew.

The good news: He still delivers.

Le Havre is possibly Kaurismäki's most accessible film. It presents a French contemporary setting completely seasoned with Nouvelle Vague characters, from the way they talk and behave, to the way they dress. You travel right back to the late 60s and 70s, but you don't. The film presents a dramatic plot told in the most unusual of ways, with some depressing punches to the face which effect is softened by discreet comedic relief, in case the feature was not accessible enough. For any reason(s) that may be discovered through the personal interpretation of the viewer, the director gives some nods to his past self with some evident references, such as Marcel's character briefly describing to Idrissa his past "bohemian life" managing to make a living "only with artistic success".

So, even if the plot description or my opening bad news may not offer you enough incentives to watch this, you must remember something important. Kaurismäki never told dramatic stories in standard ways, and he certainly doesn't this time either. That's a good thing. Moreover, his trademarks are still vivid: the comedic moments, the depressing themes, the struggle to make a living, the coffee breaks, the cigarettes and the bars...

80/100
December 29, 2013
This film is laid back and very well written with a simple storyline and well acted, Le Havre is a great film that covers the whole spectrum of emotions. It is sad, endearing and at the end has an extraordinarily optimistic ending which makes for the most pleasant of viewing experience.
½ December 26, 2013
Not his best movie but still... has a unique style
½ December 10, 2013
succeeds at being simple and genuinely, beautifully heartwarming without being cloying or melodramatic. it's just like...i dunno, perpetually charming without trying hard to be. definitely a film that gets better after dwelling on it for a while.
½ December 3, 2013
An internationalist working-class fantasy in a French setting, told with Finnish stoicism. Only Kaursmäki could pull it off.
November 19, 2013
Simple, warmhearted and plainly charming. with a spirit of a classic film, Le Havre is absolutely amazing and a must watch.
November 12, 2013
A nice little French drama. The deadpan acting is strange but you get used to it.
November 3, 2013
Endearingly quirky fable, warm, life-affirming and deftly executed. Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki has still got it!
November 3, 2013
very nicely made. Didn't like some choices
October 27, 2013
The film had a "heart-theme"...at the same time it seemed a bit "rough" when it comes to the flow of the movie. I can't help saying it...I found the "odd-silences" and "staring off" by the characters distracting and too long...made the movie "strange"...
October 14, 2013
"Le Havre" is a stylistic, quirky, and warm masterpiece by Aki Kaurismaki with careful direction, outstanding cinematography, performances set in realism, and loads of ambition.
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